Arthur King – live session
Wednesday, May 30 2018
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
The ever-evolving music and art collective known as Arthur King is pleased
to announce the next step forward in its creative practice with the release of
the album Changing Landscapes (Grand Escalante), out April 27th on
The Arthur King lineup for this project consists of Peter Walker (of
Eulogies) and Aaron Espinoza (of Earlimart). In contrast to the full 8-person
ensemble Arthur King & The Night Sea, this scaled-down duo crafts a
sound much more steeped in minimalism, repetition, and subtle timbral
shifts. The duo combines synthesizer, guitar, and drum machine with
sounds derived from field recordings to assemble looping arrangements
that recall the harmonic and textural density of Seefeel or Christian
Fennesz with the raw percussive foundation of classic Jamaican dub
productions of Lee “Scratch” Perry or Scientist.
All the sonic material used on Changing Landscapes (Grand Escalante) is
derived from a trip the Arthur King collective took to the Grand StaircaseEscalante
National Monument in rural Utah during the summer of 2017.
Both the instrumentation and environmental sounds were recorded in this
remote desert setting and then further processed and rearranged to
construct the final musical results. The sounds of dry leaves, dirt, and water
meld together with bubbly filtered guitars and droning synth layers to form
the contemplative heart of this album.
The Changing Landscapes (Grand Escalante) album is accompanied by a
short video piece by the same name that documents the group’s trip as well
as the experimental projections of visual artist John Schlue, who generated
his imagery from video recordings of the same desert setting and projected
it over the musicians as they played.